January 9, 2023

Happy New Year and welcome back! We are hitting the ground running this semester as we prepare for the next steps in our union victory.

Upcoming Events
We held our first Collective Bargaining training last week. If you missed it, you can join us for our second session on Tuesday, January 17th at 5PM. RSVP here.

We will also be holding our first coffee hour of the year on Thursday, January 12th at 12PM in the Viterbi Quad (map). Bring your friends and join us for some coffee, donuts, and conversation! RSVP here.

Updates and Timeline to Union Election
We have been working with USC to come to a union election agreement. If no agreement is reached, a National Labor Relations Board hearing will take place on January 18th, with the election to likely follow shortly after. Keep a lookout for date and location updates!

USC has indicated that it does not consider Graduate Students working in research-related jobs who are compensated through NSF fellowships, Dornsife fellowships, and possibly other fellowships to be employees entitled to union rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Resolving this disagreement may be part of the NLRB hearing scheduled to begin January 18. If you are, or were, on a fellowship and would like to learn more or help reach a fair resolution, please fill out this form.

Other Updates
Meanwhile, our own Piril Negris (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Maggie Davis (Sociology) were included in the LA Times discussing the strike at University of California. ‘“They’re really reminding us that we are something bigger than ourselves,” Davis said of UC union members. “The momentum is really, really alive right now.”’ Read the article here.

As always, if you have any questions or just want to learn more, please do not hesitate to simply respond to this email. You can also fill out this short survey to get more involved, follow GSWOC-UAW on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram, or check out gswoc-usc.org


In solidarity,

Negar Ahani, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Danny Goodelman, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Haotian Hang, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Jason Vu, American Studies and Ethnicity
Pratik Nyaupane, Annenberg
Cerianne Robertson, Annenberg
Hamsini Sridharan, Annenberg
Margot Yale, Art History
Elana Helou, Astronautical Engineering
Bennett Van Camp, Biology of Aging
Lynne Cherchia, Biomedical Engineering
James Eichenbaum, Biomedical Engineering
Alisa Peshina, Biomedical Engineering
Niki Tavakoli, Biomedical Engineering
Tristan McPhail, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Lucia Dalle Ore, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Megan Cassingham, Chemistry
James Fortwengler, Chemistry
Tirthick Majumder, Chemistry
Sean Parsons, Chemistry
Allen Shariaty, Chemistry
Raven Althouse, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Anna Arcaro, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Maile McCann, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stepp Mayes, Civil and Environmental Engineering
McKenna Peplinski, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Connor Sauceda, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Edie Adams, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
Selene Canter, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
Ana Iwataki, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
Nisarg P., Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
Sayan Ghosh, Computer Science
Lee Kezar, Computer Science
Brian Kim, Computer Science
Casandra Rusti, Computer Science
Sulyab Thottungal Valapu, Computer Science
Tori Cassady, Earth Sciences
Alex Dill, Earth Sciences
Maya Yanez, Earth Sciences
Shreya Bhardwaj, Economics
Guillermo Castro, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Zhonghao Du, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mohamed Elsawaf, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Khaled Hassan, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lorri Rao, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Max Lien, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Piril Nergis, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Zalan Fabian, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Zak Breckenridge, English
Bryan Byrdlong, English
Melissa Chadburn, English
Antonia Crane, English
Michael Deagler, English
Seth Fischer, English
Katie Googe, English
Lucas Iberico Lozada, English
Eleanor Batista-Malat, Gerontology
Lauren Kelly, History
Daniel Delgado, History
Qing Jin, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Suyanpeng Zhang, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Jessica Campbell, Linguistics
Elango Kumaran, Linguistics
Jun Lyu, Linguistics 
Jennifer Beatty, Marine and Environmental Biology
Jenna Dilworth, Marine and Environmental Biology
Kyla Kelly, Marine and Environmental Biology
Cara Schiksnis, Marine and Environmental Biology
Maya Cratsley, Marshall
Sam Armon, Mathematics
J.E. Paguyo, Mathematics
Bixing Qiao, Mathematics
Kelly DeWeese, Molecular Biology
Andrew Janeiro, Molecular Biology
Alex Belohlavek, Music
Rebecca Stark, Neuroscience
Nancy Tran, Neuroscience
Yiyang Fang, Occupational Science
Madeline Parga, Occupational Science
Andrew Stewart, Philosophy
Emanuel Dallas, Physics and Astronomy
Anna Haynie, Physics and Astronomy
Dimple Sarnaaik, Physics and Astronomy
Stephanie Navarro, Population and Public Health Sciences
Julia Stal, Population and Public Health Sciences
Jordy Coutin, Price 
Jeimee Estrada, Price
Jody Liu, Price
Aisling O’Reilly, Price 
Marley Randazzo, Price
Samuel Ross-Brown, Price
Jose Scott, Price
Caleb Schimke, Programs in Biomedical and Biological Science
Ariel Vonk, Programs in Biomedical and Biological Science
DJ Fernandez, Programs in Biomedical and Biological Science
Raquel Centeno, Political Science and International Relations
Jose Muzquiz, Political Science and International Relations
Melissa Watanabe, Political Science and International Relations
Ian Anderson, Psychology
Pragya Arya, Psychology
Ellen Herschel, Psychology
Dallace Francis, Quantitative and Computational Biology
Ho Ming Lam, Quantitative and Computational Biology
Vardges Tserunyan, Quantitative and Computational Biology
Meg Tiller, Religion
Shelby Smith, Rossier
Natsumi Ueda, Rossier
Lewis Brown, School of Cinematic Arts
Yoni Hirshberg, School of Cinematic Arts
Tania Sarfraz, School of Cinematic Arts
Dmitrii Kuznetsov, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Rory O’Brien, Social Work
Maggie Davis, Sociology
Kyle Hulburd, Sociology
Maria Labourt, Sociology
Vaclav Masek, Sociology
Kritika Pandey, Sociology
Dawy Rkasnuam, Sociology